Recommendation as Collaboration in Web Search

Barry Smyth, Jill Freyne, Maurice Coyle, Peter Briggs


Recommender systems now play an important role in online information discovery, complementing traditional approaches such as search and navigation, with a more proactive approach to discovery that is informed by the users interests and preferences. To date recommender systems have been deployed within a variety of e-commerce domains, covering a range of products such as books, music, movies, and have proven to be a successful way to convert browsers into buyers. Recommendation technologies have a potentially much greater role to play in information discovery however and in this article we consider recent research that takes a fresh look at web search as a fertile platform for recommender systems research as users demand a new generation of search engines that are less susceptible to manipulation and more responsive to searcher needs and preferences.

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